I spent a month in Italy this summer, landing in Rome for a few days (love visiting my friend Andrea and his family there), before heading to the Amalfi Coast to prep for my first Slow Art Retreat. My friend Micol met me in Atrani (from Bologna where I lived years ago) and we tested out my retreat itinerary together, finding the best restaurants, beaches, & views.. Then the group arrived and we had an INCREDIBLE week of lettering, sketching, painting, sight-seeing, wandering, swimming, and of course eating!! But I think the most wonderful and unexpected success of the retreat was the camaraderie -- the friendships made and the sweet vibe of creative souls coming together. It was a beautiful week, but add in all the love and it was truly magical. I learned so much from each participant, and I also figured out a few things I want to do differently next time. YES there will be a 2017 Slow Art Retreat, stay tuned!